Now, that’s more like it. I feel like the Yankees and White Sox finally showed the world why they each are where they are in the standings. Even as the rain loomed and then fell pretty hard towards the end of the game, the Yankees began and remained dominant through the game thanks to some amazing rookie hitters.
Masahiro Tanaka got the start tonight and threw a pretty good outing against the White Sox. Tanaka threw 101 pitches in his 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs, striking out 5 batters. In fact, it wasn’t until the 5th inning that anything really got through Tanaka’s strength tonight. He loaded up the bases with a single, a double, and a walk. A single scored the 2 runs allowed by Tanaka to get the White Sox on the board, all before an out was recorded. A double play put an end to that, before Tanaka got out of the inning thanks to the defense.
Chasen Shreve began the 7th inning, but after a fielding error and a single put runners on base with just 1 out, the Yankees opted to go to the bullpen again. Chad Green recorded 2 strikeouts, despite loading the bases with a walk, to close out the 7th. Green then sailed his way through the 8th inning. Tyler Webb hoped to continue that momentum in the 9th, which he did after a lead-off solo home run added just one more run for the White Sox tonight.
Meanwhile, the Yankees actually got on the board first. Gardner led-off with a walk, and 2 outs and 2 wild pitches later, stood on 3rd base. He then scored on a messy throwing error as Gregorius made it safely to 1st. They loaded up the bases with 2 walks to Headley and Romine, which set-up recent call-up Miguel Andujar for a big 2-RBI single in his first major league at-bat. (Not a bad way to make your MLB debut.)
In just 5 innings of the White Sox starter, the Yankees racked up 6 walks, which would grow to 10 over the entire game. In the 6th, with a new pitcher, Romine hit a 1-out double, moved to 3rd on Andujar’s ground out (the only time tonight he didn’t make it safely on base, more later), and then scored on Tyler Wade’s double (his 1st MLB hit). Ronald Torreyes’ double then scored Wade, before he then scored on Brett Gardner’s single. And it would be Aaron Judge to hit his 27th home run of the season, a 2-run home run into the left field seats.
With a nice lead, the Yankees decided they needed just a few more in the 9th inning. Judge led-off with a walk and then scored as part of Didi Gregorius’ 1-out 2-run home run. Headley and Romine each walked, then moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, before scoring on (who else tonight?) Andujar’s double. A new reliever finally put an end to the Yankees’ run-scoring for the night.
Final score: 12-3 Yankees
Roster moves: Okay, so Matt Holliday is still dealing with this mysterious illness, and the Yankees have moved him to the 10-day DL, with what they believe could be a “viral infection”. Doctors have ruled out mononucleosis and food allergies (what they originally thought as it was following a meal in Oakland 11 days ago).
In his place, they brought up Miguel Andujar, who proved to be one of the best call-ups this season, going 3-for-4, with 4 RBIs and a walk and is currently batting .750 after this one game. Andujar also set a record for a debut for a Yankee with those 4 RBIs, putting him ahead of Billy Martin (in 1950) and Marv Thorneberry (in 1955) who each recorded just 3 RBIs in their MLB debut.
Chris Carter accepted an outright assignment to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, after being designated for assignment earlier this week to make room for Tyler Austin. But now Austin is dealing with some hamstring issues, though he is hoping to avoid time on the DL.